The GET LAMP Interview Archives
From 2006-2008, director Jason Scott interviewed over 70 programmers, writers, academics and designers about text adventures and interactive fiction, that genre of computer game which dominated the early days of home computer and which has faded into a much smaller portion of the game world. Even though it is no longer at the forefront of gaming, the influence and breadth of the subject inspired Jason to track down as many of the original designers of these games as he could, as well as interviewing a whole range of more "modern" creators/academics. After a year of editing, the resulting work, GET LAMP, contains hours of stories and thoughts on text adventures including a smaller feature of Infocom, the leading text adventure company of the 1980s, and meditations on writing, caving, coding and the meaning of creation. In a package made available with an included gold coin, GET LAMP has gone to thousands of homes and shared versions of the films have gone to tens of thousands more.
This collection of interviews provides many more hours of context to the clips used in the film. In the process of editing, thousands of clips were generated from any given interview, so an hour of footage might yield 30-45 minutes of potentially usable footage of the subject answering questions. For the GET LAMP Interviews Collection, these sets of clips have been placed together and the resulting sets of answers presented for viewers interested in long-form discussion of the issues of text adventures. Unlike the film, which is spoiler free, spoilers of adventure games are practically guaranteed in every set of clips, so be aware.
Like the film, these interviews are licensed Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike and may be used freely for study, or encapsulated in later projects. A huge thanks to all the subjects for providing time and knowledge for the documentary.